Men with eczema are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is known to be linked to dermatological diseases such as psoriasis, chronic hand eczema and systemic sclerosis – and this is the first study looking at the association between ED and atopic dermatitis (AD).

Using data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance program, the researchers found 3997 patients with newly diagnosed ED, and selected 19,985 patients without a history of ED as controls. After adjustments it was found that those with ED were more likely to have AD than the controls were. The researchers suggest that physicians should be more attentive to complaints of sexual dysfunction in patients with a history of AD.

Source: The Journal of Sexual Medicine

January 2012

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